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Aging With Grace

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: September 13, 2013 | Categories: Beauty, Guest Posts, Health and Beauty, Health and Fitness, Inspirational
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Once upon a time, when you were still in grade school, you probably snuck into your mom’s closet to try on her high heels and smear on her lipstick; all you wanted to do was be older. Since then, you’ve shot up in height, finished school, enjoyed romantic relationships, pursued careers… and now that you have a those years under your belt, you may be longing for the days of your youth.

Instead of bemoaning what has already came and went, embrace the joys and wisdom that come with decades of experience and celebrate who you are now. Below are a few tips that will help you find perspective and age with grace:

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Relax & Meditate:

Difficult as it may be, your default mode later in life should learn towards cool and focused, not stressed. Anxiety and tension will only raise your blood pressure and tighten your entire body. Schedule time regularly for relaxation techniques, such as yoga, face masks, and skin treatments to steady calmness instead of only experiencing serenity on occasion.

During a relaxing night in, set a peaceful mood in your home by lighting your favorite scented candles and using dim lighting. Meditate mentally by sitting down for about 15 minutes a day, motionless.

The break from activity will leave you focused and energized to continue the day’s agenda and assist in productivity and self-reflection.

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Find Confidence in your Appearance:

Do not be sucked into thinking that your best years are behind you – age ain’t nothin’ but a number. By finding confidence in your everyday appearance, you will immediately begin to walk taller than you did before.

Wear what makes you happy and strategically flatters. Take the time to find a signature color or two. Start off by determining what “season” your skin tone and hair color are, and perhaps incorporate a little color psychology into your selected hue. When in doubt, remember that pigments like black, red, plum, navy, teal and soft whites will look superb regardless of whether your skin tint is cool or warm.

Find new ways to express yourself through your clothing options: treat yourself to a few new well-fitted articles of clothing, or indulge in unique pieces from consignment shops and second-hand stores. If you have difficulty in accepting your wrinkles, try out various anti-aging skin care products, such as Isomers, to avoid any insecurity, but don’t make the common mistake of caking on mountains of foundation.

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Discover New Interests and Hobbies:

Nothing renews your energy and spirit quite like finding a new activity or passion, and at this point in your life, you may find you have more time to explore them! Have you always wanted to learn to play an instrument, take dance lessons, go on a camping trip or weekend retreat somewhere special?

As you get older, excuses not to act on these impulses grow weaker. You can keep it simple and do a little digging at home to find a new musical artist you really enjoy through applications like Pandora and Spotify, or start up on a TV show you’ve heard friends and colleagues talking passionately about.

You can find inspiration for new projects through Pinterest, or new hobbies and interests via parks and cultural institutions near you that have been left unexplored – until now.

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Take Care of Yourself:

Notice when you are making the right choices from day to day. Instead of grabbing a family size bag of barbeque chips, eat snacks that have the proper ingredients to benefit your health. Age tends to diminish our ability to absorb certain essential nutrients like Vitamin A, B and D, as well as calcium and fiber, so research foods that can heighten your intake.

To assist with nutrition, talk to your doctor about what daily vitamins you could be taking to boost any deficiencies. As frightening as you may find it, join a gym or fitness center that attracts a clientele you feel comfortable around. People of all ages and handicaps work out, so set aside the excuses and consult with a trainer to find workouts that fit your needs and interests.

It’s important to keep your body going; let it know you want it to wake up!

One or two of your senses may be starting to fade, so make sure to do some research and find a pair of hearing aids or prescription reading glasses from specialty retailers like ReSound. You’ll want to keep your hearing and sight at its highest ability possible no matter what your age.

The best way to age with grace is to never stop being you. Don’t let your age affect where you want to go and what you want to see. Travel and experience things you would only fantasize about when you were younger. Indulge in your interests if you feel like you have too much on your hands, and remember that you’ve got it made.


55 Responses to Aging With Grace

  1. Julie Wood says:

    Thank you for this blog post. I really like the Relax and meditate. I need to do this more and I need to accept who I am now. I can not go back to my youth, I need to be happy with who I am now! So important to accept and like my changing face and body.

  2. This is full of great tips and inspirational…and the author and I have lots in common 🙂

  3. LyndaS says:

    Good advice. You won’t find me sitting in a rocking chair doing nothing. I want to experience all that I can.

  4. ashley cabell says:

    Thank you for posting this and the wonderful tips. I find myself so stressed out these days because my husband is going through some medical problems and all the family stuff is falling on me. I do need to take more time out for myself and just relax and meditate. I find joy in the little things these days like a hot bath or a glass of wine.

  5. Tammy says:

    Great advice – I really need to make sure I take care of myself. So often as moms everyone else comes first and we neglect to make ourselves a priority.

    • Absolutely agree, Tammy, a lot of us moms before everyone and everything else first. I am working on making myself more of a top priority. 🙂 Not there yet, but working on it.

  6. stefanie says:

    Great post! We all need to take more time out for ourselves. Stop and think about what our needs are.

  7. John Lamano says:

    Great tips and very inspirational post!

  8. Kathleen says:

    Great tips. I am working on the confidence part still, but I think I take good care of myself.

  9. Jenn says:

    Thank you for this post! I tend to bemoan my youth since what little I have left the kids seem to be sucking out of me. 🙂

  10. Robin Gagnon says:

    I’ll tell you, I have my decrepit days, but for the most part I feel better now than I did 10 years ago.

  11. Kate McAtee says:

    Preach! Haha, all kidding aside, I really enjoyed this post. My amazing Nana came to mind while I was reading through. She’s the absolute embodiment of aging gracefully. My husband and I are always saying how we actually can’t wait to be both hers and my papa’s age because they make it look awesome!



  12. Corina Ramos says:

    Love this post! You know, I’m 43 years old and I feel so much more healthier and sexier than I did when I was in my 20’s and it’s because I’m taking better care of myself now.

    I still have to make some time for new hobbies but I’ll get there 🙂 A very inspirational post indeed and great tips! Have a wonderful weekend!

  13. Colleen says:

    I find that as I get older these are easier. I feel more confident about how I look and feel.

  14. so many great points and so very true

  15. Emily Hudson says:

    I totally agree in aging with grace. If you keep your body healthy as much as you can and enjoy your life, whatever happens to your outside should be considered a gift.

  16. Jaafar says:

    This is a great read. Thanks for the tips!

  17. Angela says:

    Great post! I am definitely working on being more accepting of my 40 something body.

  18. Valerie R says:

    What wonderful tips.. ;)) thank you for sharing.. 😉

  19. Emily says:

    I need to work out more and find more me time!!

  20. Amber K says:

    These are such fantastic tips, thanks.

  21. These are all some excellent tips, thanks for sharing them.

  22. I think it’s definitely key to be confident in your own skin. As women, we sometimes care too much what others think of us.

  23. Courtney says:

    I’m trying to get into a workout routine – my body isn’t what it used to be.

  24. scott macmillan says:

    All very good suggestions.For myself meditation has been the most beneficial.

  25. Michelle S says:

    I have learned to only buy clothing that really looks good on me – style and color – instead of buying it because it’s a good sale! I always feel better when I feel good in my clothes.

  26. Angela S says:

    I am doing my best to age gracefully.

  27. The years do tend to creep up fast. I still feel 20 inside but am 30 years older. Taking care of yourself earlier does help with aging emotionally and physically. I accept my aging process and embrace it and try to find the positives of every upcoming year

  28. Kimberly R. says:

    very simple and inspiring.

  29. Stefanie says:

    I need to learn to relax!!

  30. Christina says:

    I definitely can benefit from some relaxation 😀

  31. Lolo says:

    I need to workout more!

  32. Maria Iemma says:

    I am doing my best to age with grace. My kids and grandkids keep me young and I take care of my diet, exercise and dress appropriately for my age.

  33. Thank you for these reminders! Taking care of yourself is so important, and as most moms do I put myself on the sidelines but I’m changing that!

  34. Loved this post. Great tips!

  35. I had to go to progressive lenses about a year ago and I’m so glad I finally did it. I’ll tell ya I hope the rest of me hangs tough for a while!

  36. Marcie W. says:

    These are great suggestions. I try to do the best I can at taking good care of my health now so that I can reap the rewards later!

  37. Toni says:

    These are such great tips! It is so important to take care of yourself and relax as much as possible!

  38. Sicorra says:

    Great advice! I agree that when we relax and when we take care of our appearance we feel better about ourselves. And once you feel better everything else just seems to work out easier. One thing I do need to do is find time to relax more. I feel like I am at the computer 24×7 and that’s not good.

  39. These are all great ideas. Also find some things to do that speak to who you really are. Find your passion and go for it!

  40. Lisa says:

    Great tips Donna, I must learn to relax more. I love going for a jog and walks – it does help. Interesting how stress can tighten the body too. Never thought of that much.

  41. Jo says:

    Even as a senior citizen, I refuse to sit back and be a couch potato! Stress is at a high in my life right now and I am not giving in to it.Great advice.

  42. Fantastic post! As I’ve “come of age,” I’ve finally realized the benefits of meditation and relaxation – a huge “aha” for me that falls deeply into line with taking care of myself. Self-care FTW! 🙂 I also love, in particular, the suggestion to pursue new interests and hobbies. I feel as though I’ve awakened to interests and talents that were just lying in wait for the right moment.
    Have a great weekend. 🙂 Peace.

  43. Lovely post and such great advice! The only frustrations I’ve had with growing older (I’m 41) have to do with an increasingly difficult time managing weight and an achy hip. Other than that, I’m happier and more confident than I’ve ever been! There are perks with being 40 something… or at least that’s been my experience.

  44. Irish Carter says:

    Great tips here on aging with grace. I definately need to find a hobby other than traveling since traveling isn’t something I can fit in my schedule much anymore.


  45. HilLesha says:

    This is an excellent post!

  46. Susan Neal says:

    Great tips – I do 20 minutes meditation every day and get plenty of exercise from walking my dogs and I feel fitter now than I did 30 years ago!

    I believe it’s never too late to learn or to take up a new activity – continuing to develop your interests is a great way to stay young at heart.

  47. Karen M. says:

    With my love of exercise and recent transformation to clean eating, I feel better and look healthier than I did in my 20s. I don’t let thing get to me any more either. I’m very thankful for my life right now. Keeping a sense of humor is a great way to stay young at heart!

  48. lisa says:

    It is important to keep both the mind and body active.And keep positive. There is beauty at every age.

  49. Kelsey Apley says:

    Great tips for sure! We all need to take a little time for ourselves and relax!!!

  50. Rita M says:

    I am probably decades beyond anyone else reading this article so let me tell you from experience …each point rings true, but without the last one (Take Care of Yourself) none of the the others have a chance!